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Milk for The Ugly

Tue Jul 22, 2014, 8:07 PM















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Imagine that you are a young social worker, dedicated to finding out the hidden and forgotten old souls who haunt the cold, mean streets of the city. You seek to report on their living conditions, possibly recommending they be removed from their roach-infested “homes.”










So it is that you have come to find yourself sitting at the kitchen table of a cadaverous old shut-in you’ve been assigned to visit. The kitchen is spotlessly pristine while the adjoining darkened living room reeks of rotting garbage.






The sun is setting. You rise to leave. You step over a cardboard barrier separating kitchen from living room, seeking the front door. But it is too late. They have risen. The old woman’s many “children” are awake... and they are hungry.







Let us pause here...






...in this preview of the new Madefire Motion Book experience, Milk for The Ugly, to tell you about the two longtime deviant artists who have created this remarkable achievement in storytelling.







In any case, no prose preview could begin to do justice to the Madefire experience of shifting illustrations in a fully soundtracked narrative. Milk for The Ugly truly has to be experienced to be really appreciated.









Anna & Kate




Rarely do artists of the deviantART community exemplify the skill, creativity, spirit and sheer arts career tenacity of Anna & Kate, the deviants we profile here, who have become, singularly and when working as a team, favorites and real role models within our community.







Anna Podedworna (akreon) & Kate Redesiuk (vesner) were born and raised in similar households in Poland by similarly “overachieving” parents who wanted only the best lives for their daughters, both girls being told, “You can choose whatever you want to be in the future, as long as it is a doctor, a lawyer or an architect.” Anna, being torn between natural science and the fine arts, chose a compromise in pursuing architecture. Kate was “persuaded” to choose architecture by her parents, who just happened to work in construction. Anna & Kate met over doodlings of mutant zombie bunnies at the university. Drawn together by their similarly off-kilter tastes in illustration, they eventually became roommates hooked on digital art, working on projects together.






During their time at the university they learned from one another and their roles started to slowly reverse. Ann grew to like the technical part of architecture, and Kate got more and more into art.









Anna works as a freelance artists while finishing her masters degree. As a freelancer she has worked on illustrations, comics and recently gotten into the world of fashion by working for Ewa Minge and creating a few designs series for her new brand Eva Minge Milano. Once she gets her master degree she wants to get back into architecture and continue pursuing her career as an architect.




Kate dropped out from the university just before becoming an engineer, after realizing she was living someone else’s dream. She decided to become a professional artist. At first she worked as a freelance illustrator for advertising companies but has now made her way into the game development industry and works full-time as a concept artist at CD Projekt RED.









Anna & Kate are known by their deviant followers to sometimes to embody and inhabit their peculiar alter egos, “Pugbun,” a bunny-eared pug dog and “Tailcat,” a cat with a second head on the end of her tail.







Battles over unwashed dishes and strewn crayons have led to war between the two characters. Pugbun of Pugbunistan usually upholds the Anna banner, with TailCat of Tailcatica being a spokescat for Kate’s positions.










Off-White




But it is Off-White, the ongoing adventure tale of a wolf clan on a mythic journey that has become a phenomenon for Anna & Kate as their premier collaboration. This project began as an experiment, a 5-page one-shot, but generated such a warm reception from the community that more pages were created and soon the tale snowballed into it’s current six chapters. The success of the story has spun off its own group on deviantART and a product line of Off-White artwork and collectibles. What Anna & Kate have achieved here is truly an ongoing fulfillment of the deviantART community spirit put into action.



















Not satisfied to rest on their laurels, Anna & Kate have now raised the bar of comic storytelling by utilizing the cutting edge comics sound and motion technology of Madefire, in which illustrated panels come alive at the tap of your device’s monitor screen.




This time out, as befits the subtle movements of light and shadow enabled by Madefire, Milk for The Ugly is more twisted to the playfully macabre tastes of creators, presenting what can be enjoyed as if it were a lost episode of The Twilight Zone. But upon deeper reflection, their little story would appear to be commenting upon modern times at several different levels. In this inside-out classic children’s cautionary tale, the terror in the “woods” has been transplanted to the environs of an urban apartment building.  The old crone’s face has been drawn to hint she might be Death him/her/its self, regenerating discarded half-eaten edibles into human-eating little monsters—making for a horrifying “cycle” of environmentally rational endless re-use.




Or possibly the darling little girl’s rejection of the street hag at the tale’s beginning is simply meant to raise the question of who are the true “uglies” of society? It’s the sort of “instant classic” must-have story that will be returned to again and again by readers. Best of all, the creativity and stylistic artistry (especially in their characters’ facial expressions) achieved in Anna & Kate’s book makes Milk for The Ugly is one of the most beautiful Motion Books you’ll ever experience. It will no doubt be regarded as one of the seminal issues of the "new comics."











Interviews with Anna & Kate





1.As master storytellers and world builders with a wonderful and attentive fan base on deviantART; What excites you most about how Milk for The Ugly looks and feels in terms of storytelling for an audience?





Art style in comics is a great tool of conveying mood and atmosphere of the story. We were very excited to try out a different style that isn't really signature for any of us. It's creepy and grungy, but also cartoony and expressive. It's a nice contrasts that hopefully makes the story feel even darker and more eerie.




2.Can you share what you feel are the most important aspects of telling ongoing episodic stories? Specifically as it relates to cultivating a fan base?





Since internet communities became a thing there have been tons of works written about cultivating fanbases. It takes a lot of time and effort but the theory is rather simple and can be narrowed down to a few most important points.





To be successful be sure to update your story regularly, so fans have something to look forward to every one or two weeks. Stubbornness is the key here, especially with webcomics—it's hard to have a fan base with just one or two pages. The more and the better story you deliver, the more people are going to get hooked up.


Be respectful to your readers and interact with them as often as possible. Answer questions, have fun in the comments, share your thoughts, organize small contests or giveaways.


Try keeping a relatively consistent style of art and writing. It doesn't mean that all parts of the story have to have the same mood and/or art style but it's best to pick 1-3 genres and stick to them.


Or just be like us—scrap the theory, do none of the above, and hope for the best.


3.What are the essential elements of building a complex escalating story world? Order of importance of these elements?




Have a top-down approach. When imagining your world, set a few basic rules for it and start from there.


These rules can be anything from "all animals can speak with humans", through "rain raises instead of falling down" to "ghosts are real and everyone knows that."



Build your story around it and keep questioning everything.”



Make sure your story makes sense within your universe. Think what would happen if your rules were the same but the story different. Always come up with more than you want to tell. The world you build is as important as your story, and can greatly enhance it. The rules we set in our stories are usually bits taken from different mythologies from around the world. We don't like to hold to them too tightly though and usually try to twist and turn them in a way that makes the stories fresh and interesting.









4.How does your process work as far as art creation and the actual writing of the story and dialogue?





Story, art, dialogues. We love telling each other stories while drinking tea. We tell each other's ideas and come up with new ones on the fly. Having someone who listens to your stories is very important. There are always plot holes and mistakes that need to be patched up or reworked, so critique is always important. If you don't have a partner to work with in a team, tell stories to your friends, family or people on the internet. After the story is ready, we sit down and come up with art sequences that could illustrate it. Rough thumbnails showing what's most important to show in a given panel are enough to plan everything out.




At this point we still don't have any specific dialogues, but rather a few important words that need to be spoken or emotions that need to be conveyed.



Only after the art for the comic is done, we once again sit down and try to figure out what would each character say in a given situation.”



Would they have the time for a few sentences or would they be too shocked to say anything at all? Would they use complicated words or simple ones? In some cases dialogues aren't even needed and the story tells itself by images alone.









Milk For The Ugly Character Creation In SketchBook Pro



Kate Redesiuk shows us how to create a character for Milk for The Ugly using SketchBook Pro.








5.Do you see Motion Books online as the inevitable next level of our increasingly mobile society?








It depends. Motion Books are a relatively new medium that still needs to be fully explored. On one hand they add a new value to the traditional comics, but on the other they require much more work. They have the potential for interactive storytelling, but could also go completely opposite direction and get closer to animation. It's all up to creators, and the more motion comics we get, the greater the chance for them to grow into something unique and irreplaceable.



6.As visual artists telling a story, what is the most valuable storytelling innovation enabled by the Madefire process?




Subtle movement! A gentle nod of the head, a flinch of the body, a twitch of an eye. In traditional comics it's incredibly hard to illustrate something that ephemeral without big close-ups or repetition. The motion tool makes it very easy and intuitive.











7.Fans are most familiar with your work as a team on your wolf clan adventure epic, Off-White. But does the darkly humored Milk for The Ugly better reflect your comic sensibilities?




We're very happy that we had the chance to work on something so different to our ongoing comic, but we honestly feel quite free in all sorts of different styles and stories. Off-White is a collaboration that is quite different from both our individual works and personal comic tastes. Milk for the Ugly brought together our joined love for dark and twisted stories, but on the other hand required a more work in finding a middle ground in terms of our art styles. Who knows what the next Madefire Motion Book collaboration between us will result in!








8.Will Off-White continue for as long as fans ask for it, or until you decide your own logical end for it?






Off-White is planned from start all way to its definite end. Our fans will know for sure which page is the very last one in the series.









9.How are Pugbun & Tailcat getting along? Or is that stalemate situation best left uncommented on?




















Anna Kate'sArtists You Better Be Watching











Pascal Campion


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“Pascal's works may seem simple at first glance but that seeming simplicity is what makes me love his art so much. Thanks to his minimalistic approach the amazing array of emotions he puts into each painting shines trough even more brilliantly. Every of his paintings tells more story than many movies or books can only dream of.”


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Yoann Lossel


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“All of Yoann's works are heavy in atmosphere. His unique technique of mixing graphite and gold is simply an epitome of class.”


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Stephanie Pui-Mun Law


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“My favorite contemporary watercolorists hands down. Her paintings are rich in detail, colors and texture. I especially love when she approaches mythological themes in her artwork. She has this wonderful gift to make the stories she illustrates seem satisfactorily familiar and at the same time amazingly fresh.”


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Levente


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“I'm always impressed with how Levente Peterffy can archive realism with the simplest of brush strokes. In every one of his painting you can find a very creative texturing, strong composition and moody lighting.”


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Noah Bradley


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“Noah Bradley is not only an incredible artist but also an amazing teacher. The advice he shares on his blog helped me grow as an artist and allowed me to become a successful freelancer.”


vesner









Hannah Christenson


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“Hannah Christenson is by far one of my favorite illustrators. Thanks to the finesse of lines and incredibly tasteful details, her art is always full of life and emotion”


vesner









Serge Birault


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“My daily dose of beautiful women and tentacles. Serge's art never ceases to amaze me with how clean and fresh it looks without losing its realism. I'm in love with his unique stylization and lighthearted approach to all of his works.”


vesner









Michal Ivan


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“Michal is a master of color and composition. He tames and controls chaos, creating incredibly detailed and yet perfectly clear compositions that flawlessly lead the viewer's eyes.”


vesner











A revolution in digital comics






When future anniversary celebrations mark the release of Madefire Motion Book Tool, much will be made of “under-the-radar” revolution this event precipitated in the creation, production and delivery cycle of content distribution.






With the Madefire Motion Book Tool on deviantART the artist controls the full creative, production and distribution chain, making it possible to self-publish digital comics for free or for pay, in motion or static, with or without effects, episodic or periodic. But it is really any “book” form that has become liberated—the Full Spectrum Narrative comes to life. And fans are empowered as well to directly engage in the the equivalent format with their favorite stories.






A new dawn is breaking in the online digital and mobile comics world—and Madefire is leading the creative caravan into the new day.











Questions For The Reader






  1. Have you had to make hard decisions between pleasing those who care about you in your family and following instead your own path to achievement no matter how difficult your chances might be?
  2. Who would you choose to have your alter ego or avatar befriend choosing between Anna & Kate’s Pugbun & Tailcat?
  3. Do you have an alter ego who can talk on your behalf. If you do, please place a picture in the comments?
  4. Motion Books open up a new medium between storyboards and animation. What would be the perfect fit for this medium?








One of the many complaints lobbed at me is that I have enormous influence on a younger generation and therefor it is incumbent upon me to shape up and fly right so these young tikes get the best artistic advice possible. IE: People worried that my “bad art and methods” are corrupting the next generation of artists and therefor I should stop making art altogether to prevent this.

Setting aside the ignorant and harmful messages that this sends to young artists (such as the ignorant concept that all young artists only ever follow ONE artistic influence their entire life and aren’t influenced by ALL the art around them at all times), I decided to see how much credibility this “fear” actually had... using MATH.

So I have about 57,790 watchers on DA. I’m not counting other sites like Facebook or my website because there’s obviously some overlap, and some of the people who hate me will fill in that gap. So roughly 57,790 people on the planet watch me. There are estimated 7,046,000,000 people on Earth. Therefor at BEST I can influence roughly 0.00082% of the ENTIRE world population.

By comparison, James Cameron’s Avatar (the highest grossing movie of all time) had around 97,255,300 tickets sold, thus influencing around 1.38% of the entire world population.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that the validity of my “bad influence” is pretty weak. And besides, even IF I really DID have a huge influence on younger artists, I am not cynical or mean-spirited enough to believe that I would be the ONLY influence they ever had artistically growing up. I dunno about the rest of you, but I had a LOT of artistic influences, many of which had conflicting artistic advice and goals.

So yeah. I might not have the best artistic habits, but the artistic community and especially those here on DA are not in danger of my bad influence “corrupting” the art world and ruining anything.



PS: If someone would like to do better math calculations and figure out a much more accurate number, by all means do so. I have no idea how you'd do that, but if you can, more power to ya!
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I haven't spend much time on my computer last weekend, but enough to see that DeviantArt was kept busy by a troll that apparently did really well for as much as trolls can 'do well' on the internet. A little over 4000 pageviews in just 4 days the account is online proved not only the artists involved in the matter took offense... but apparently a lot of other DeviantArt members as well. Even those that seemed (to me at least) totally uninvolved with the troll or the particular type of art.
For those that wonder about the issue; It's about Foxbun's rather cynical joke about the 'closed species' matter. (I'm usually against name calling here. But this account has intentionally created for its goal. It has been all over the site already and would've been in the comments within 10 minutes, even without me mentioning here. I don't provide a link, though. Use your search engine if you want to research it.)

The term white knight is to most older members of DeviantArt (or the internet in general) a well known term, and not for its positive connotation. It's most used in the context of fanatic fangirls or groupies that defend a celebrity or (in this case) famous artist on basically every front, regardless of checking sources, or if this person is right and reasonable or not. This often leads to awkward situations, harassing people, spamming and entire wars against a single (sometimes unaware) critic, often with devastating consequences. 

Seeing the huge amount hateful of comments on this single issue, and considering the fact that a few of the artists attacked where considered 'big shots' on DeviantArt, I consider this again a classic case of white knighting. And regardless of the person being a scam or not; I do not like the sight of that. Not at all. It reminds me a bit too much of the high school bullying where it was often 10 people against 1, and the rest stood by and just watched and laughed. I just can't help to cringe at that kind of behavior. 

Sure, this person might be an experienced internet user. A troll, or whatever people might call it. But not all people are aware of internet rules and community etiquette.
In one of my early years on DeviantArt, I once made the mistake to post a critical comment on an artwork from a user that had a rather big fanbase. Despite my good intentions of actually of wanting to help this artist, and the fact that my comment was overall balanced, the comment was everything but appreciated. At least; not by her fans. Even before she could reply I got at least 5 replies in my inbox written by her fans. They told me, not in the nicest way, my comment was unjustified and that I was a **** [you may imagine] for even having the guts to write something like that to their idol. In the end the artist herself never replied to me, but the negative feeling that came with her drawings lasted a long time. I unwatched her for a while. And even when I found back the courage to watch her again (when I realized she wasn't the one responsible, but her fans were) I actually never commented again. I liked her art, but wanted to avoid her fans really badly.

A few years of experience and a lot more watchers have basically forced to view the issue from the other side as well. 
And this makes it part of the reason why I want to share this with people.

Because as an artist I've learned that you can't completely control a watcher base. A few days ago I made a piece for the MH17 airplane disaster. Just, heartfelt, because as a fellow Dutchy (a lot of people from my country died there) I felt like it. Most reactions were positive. One, however, was negative. But before I even woke up the next day and had the chance to look at it and write a reply to it... another person already wrote something instead. Luckily this was a very sensible person and a very sensible and thoughtful comment. But the point is; with such exposure, people answer things before I myself can even get to it. And that's basically how part of this happens.
Part of it, I say. Because I firmly believe the other part is controllable with responsible behavior. There's a difference between making a journal about "Somebody insulted me. I feel bad today"  or "Person-X insulted me. What a ****". The first statement is probably going to get you some cyber hugs and comforting reactions. The second thing will most definitely redirect all the hate towards that Person-X. And while that sweet revenge might bring you relief for a second, it won't make you anything more than just a big cyber bully. Overall; refrain from name calling, unless positive... or unless it's such a big blown up matter that everybody already knows it and not saying the word is like ignoring an elephant in the room.

As for people in whose name is white knightned (if that even is a verb). I cannot speak for all of them on DeviantArt here, but I'm sure there are many people with me on this one, that don't particularly like it when their "fans" go all out on someone or something. Having a reasonable discussion with someone about a subject, even in the name of some else, is totally fine. As long as it's done in a polite manner and with some solid arguments. Trolling people, harassing them, spamming them, calling names, bullying them... etc... is not cool.
It might seem cute and everything. Defending your idol. And sure, I can imagine people being protective towards someone else that else that already gets a lot of criticism -- I don't deny the fact that some people here are in fact exposed to harsh criticism. But doing bad things in the name of your idol only gives your idol a bad name and reputation. And that's the one thing you don't want as fanatic fan. People turning away from your fandom, because they might've liked the fandom itself, but can't stand the fans. 

To return to the beginning of my DeviantArt journey. I was a newbie on the site, a non-native English person (took me ages to write a message in English) and unaware of the general culture on the site. I thought I did something helpful, and those reactions scared the shit out of me. That being one of the first experiences with that particular artist on the site, it left such a bad taste in my mouth that I never commented on the artist work again. Ironically not even up until today. I could've been an amazing fan, though. Considering that, back in that time, I was a basement dweller with basically no life and there were other people that I commented on all the time. But yeah, those so called fans just scared me away.

What I wanted to say is; just don't be that person that ruins the experience for other people on the website.
If the artist himself wants to be an ass and chase away his fans... that's up to him. Those are his fans, so it's his loss. But don't do it for another artist. If someone personally attacks you, your family, or your best friend... it's totally be okay to get involved. If someone attacks your art, it's okay to get angry. But don't get into a fight for an artist you barely know. Or at least not without doing a proper background check on the subject and having a solid opinion on the subject that's actually yours.

And as a final note. Before any of you go harassing to comment section saying "OMG! U support art theft!!!!" or anything like that, just because I mentioned this particular case; learn to read context. I don't support art theft at all, and I've never done so. But I don't support cyber bullying either. My stance on this case is rather neutral, and the only reason I brought it up is to serve as a recent example.
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Literature Basics Week

Okay, so maybe not everything. But there's a lot of stuff that I remember learning in middle and high school that turned out to not actually work for me -- or for pretty much anybody -- as a writer.  I'm hoping that if I can lay these lies out for you, we cans turn it around and unlearn some of these bad habits. Because, man, nothing says "noob" like practicing some of these frequently-taught faux pas.

Lie #1: Be super duper descriptive!


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Wait, wait, I know what you're thinking. Descriptive language is good, right? You want your reader to know what you're talking about, and to be able to see, smell it, hear it, touch it, taste it the way you do in your head. The problem is that, when it comes to description, a little bit goes a long way.  Sometimes, it's about finding a better word to use, instead of a string of adverbs and adjectives to go with your verb or noun.  You know, you could say "She skulked through the forest" instead of "She walked sneakily through the heavily-wooded area."  See what I mean?  Now, that's kind of an obvious one, but when you go to write, here's a good trick to keep in mind: modifiers are evil. They are sneaky and they will slip into your poetry and prose without you even noticing. Your job, as a writer, is to keep an eye on those things.

Modifiers -- like adverbs and adjectives -- are words that describe other words. They should be used sparingly. Otherwise, you're going to have a mess on your hands. When you're writing, always ask yourself, do I need this word? Or is there something simpler and equally descriptive that I could use here?

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: Use descriptive language and sensory details, choosing words carefully. Every word you put on the page should be a word that NEEDS to be there.

Lie # 2: Show off your vocabulary!


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Some writers I've run into have a penchant for tossing around five dollar words. It's almost as if they want the reader to know that they totally nailed the vocab section on their SATs. The thing is, creative writing isn't about what you know, it's about telling a story in the smoothest way possible. So why use "loquacious" if you could say "chatty?" Think about how your narrator or point-of-view character would think and speak. Think of how the people around you speak. If you can't imagine someone using that word in a conversation, it's probably a no-go. When it comes to five-dollar words, they should be sprinkled, not poured, into your writing.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: If you want your writing to feel authentic, use authentic language. Use those five dollar words sparingly!

Lie #3: Spice up your speech tags!


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Here's the thing about speech tags: They should be invisible. The reader should pretty much not notice them at all. I mean, there's a reason that you sometimes don't even need them -- like in an extended conversation between two characters.  There are pretty much only two speech tags you will ever need: "said" and "asked." (You can, and should, of course, alter the tense as needed.) You may be able to slip in a "screamed" or a "replied" here and there, but sticking to the basics is always the better option. You don't want your reader getting hung up on speech tags when she should be paying attention to the conversation and the story.

Another word on speech tags: Using simple tags like "said" and "asked" doesn't give you carte blanche to start throwing adverbs around. "She said, angrily" or "he asked, jokingly" is just as much of an offense as not using a simple speech tag. If someone is speaking angrily or jokingly, that should show in the words they're using, and in the body language in the scene.  This is a great case of "show, don't tell," which, thankfully, is a lesson from school that you can hold onto.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: You will hardly ever need to use words other than "said" or "asked."

Lie #4: Poetry is about your feelings!


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No. Poetry is about expressing yourself, sure -- just like any other writing. But it's not about emotions. It's about saying something. It's a narrative between the poet and the reader, and it should be full of images and ideas, not simply the thoughts you would write in your journal with some line breaks thrown in. Yes, poetry -- just like any other writing -- can be emotional. But your job as the writer isn't to emote onto the page. It's to get your reader to emote. Again, this is a place where that whole "show, don't tell" thing comes in handy.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: Poetry isn't about any one thing. And all writing should evoke emotions. Use your excellent writing skills to make the reader feel!

Lie #5: Capitalize the beginning of every line in your poem!


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This is actually an antiquated form. If you're reading poetry -- and if you're writing poetry, I hope you are! -- you'll notice that contemporary poets only capitalize where they would in a regular sentence. So lines can start with lowercase letters. You capitalize when you start a new sentence, or for proper nouns -- all the usual suspects. But when you start a new line, and the previous line didn't end with a period, no, you don't need to capitalize. In fact, I'd recommend sticking to the new way of doing things. We both know you're not Shakespeare, after all.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: Sure, you can capitalize every line, but it's going to make you look old-fashioned. And not in a trendy way.

Lie #6: Practice writing by writing!


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This is actually half true. Yes, you do get better at writing by writing. But you know what's even better? Reading. A well-read writer is going to be a way better writer than a writer who writes every day but never reads.  I promise you, this is a fact.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: If you're not reading as well as writing, you're doing it wrong.

Lie #7: A haiku is 5-7-5!


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Yikes! They really stepped in it with this one. Sure, some haiku these days are 5-7-5, but usually these are referred to as senryu, since they are Westernized and have less to do with nature and brevity and more to do with cramming something into that syllabic format, often with a humorous twist. There's a lot of information out there about haiku, but I'll leave you with this: Writing haiku is more about brevity and observing nature than it is about an exact syllable count.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: Haiku isn't about the syllables. Do some research and figure out what style of haiku works for you!

Lie #8: The classics are the right way to learn writing!


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Sure, the classics are great. But if you want to write for contemporary readers (like, you know, alive people), it's a good idea to read contemporary work! Enjoy some Emily Dickinson, but make sure you're also checking out Louise Gluck. Feel free to curl up with J.D. Salinger, but don't forget about Jennifer Egan. And, you know, there's lots to be discovered in your local library or bookstore -- not just the bestsellers. Read widely across genre and author background. Read books you like and books you don't like. Just make sure you're reading, and reading more than the tried and true golden oldies.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: If you want to improve your craft, read lots of genres and DEFINITELY check out your contemporaries!

Lie #9: Only write what you know!


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If this were true, we wouldn't have, I don't know, any fantasy. Or space operas. Or historical fiction. Sure, it takes a lot of imagination and even more research, but writing outside of your comfort zone can be a good thing. Writing what you know can keep you grounded, and using your life experience to keep your writing honest is an excellent idea. But talking to people with different experiences from you, and reading about other lives and other ideas, and imagining schools for young wizards...well, these are all great tactics for writing richer stories.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: Start with what you know, use your imagination and your ability to do research to take your writing to the next level.

Lie #10: You're a genius!


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Don't pretend someone in your life hasn't told you this. Someone along the line -- a mother, a teacher, a friend -- has probably read your writing and told you that you're going to be a New York Times best-selling author. And it felt good, I bet. But, you know what? If it's someone like a parent, a teacher, or a friend, they might be looking at your writing through rose-colored glasses. And you need someone who's going to be tough on you if you want to improve and have any chance at being a capital A Author. Are you a genius? Maybe. But don't take this "lesson" at face value.

SO HERE'S THE TRUTH: If you don't work hard and seek critical feedback, and learn to take critical (and negative) feedback, you probably won't succeed no mater what kind of talent you have.


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Got questions?  Leave 'em below!  There are exceptions to every rule, and there are plenty of rules that might not make sense, which is why talking to other writers is always helpful. (Another lie: Writers can only be successful when they are holed up in a cabin in the woods somewhere.)  And feel free to share some of the lies you've heard before! In the mean time, enjoy the rest of PE: Literature Basics Week!

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I was
arrested  and interrogated in Hong Kong!

:faint:

(Flying to New Zealand out of Korea for a "Weta Workshop" show I was apart of,)

  I was gifted a beautiful bow by the Charmin of Korea
and I had just the bow (no string and no arrows)

as a
carry on.  It went through the Korea
customs just
fine and it wasn't until I flew into Hong

Kong and went through their
transfers
A stern looking
Asian lady with short chopped hair

grabbed the
case the bow was in and demands 

 

"What is this!?"

 

 I reply "Oh, this was just a gift, a
bow without arrows or string." 

 

She calls over some other people
and they talk amongst themselves
in their own
language

 

"We've called the police.  They will
be here shortly."  They escort me
aside and sat me down. 

When the first
policemen arrives
he is a stern looking Asian
man and
non of them
speak

English well at all.    I try to explain
to him that it was a
gift and I didn't
know bows were not

allowed in Hong Kong and that if it

was any
trouble at all, I would be ok to leave it there

behind with them.  I say very calmly
and as sweetly as I can.   He angrily shushes me and

starts to take pictures of the bow and writing
things down. 

(Apparently they
thought I was going
to pull out a
rubberband and some pencils

from my
purse and go "Katniss" on everyone.) 
 He then comes over to me

and says something stern.  I didn't
understand
a word he was saying his Asian accent

was too heavy.  I tried to explain I couldn't
understand his accent.  This angers him

and he begins yelling right up into my
face
like you see on those intense interrogation

films. (Like I was going to
understand better
now that he was yelling) 

Asking what was my
occupation

 

I said calmly "I'm an artist."

 

  "An ARCHER!?" He yells.

 

 I sweetly replay "No I work with clay" 
I then write down "Clay and Artist" So he could

understand what I was saying.  He seemed satisfied
with the
answer.   

 

  He then starts explaining (all interrogative like
and still yelling) something else and

he had to
repeat himself over and over so he got
angrier and angrier.  "Bows are illegal

here, only two things will
happen to you now. 
You will ether be
arrested and taken to

Hong Kong
prison.   Or you will be arrested
and taken to Hong Kong
prison held on trail

and be
fined a lot of money!  Ether way you
are not
leaving Hong Kong!"   

(He says all this right up yelling in my
face
I stayed completely calm and
absolutely

sweet and the picture of innocents the entire time. 
If I was going to jai, I had might as well go with
grace and dignity.
  (While also
praying hard that I'd stay that way)  

Now that I had the
basic idea of the point he was
trying to say in English, everything else

he said that I didn't
understand at all, I just
politely nodded and said an occasional

"Ok,--- ah, I
understand, --oh I'm sorry I
didn't know, it was just a
gift."   Then gradually he

started to calm down.  If I were to get upset too,
or showed any sign that I was even slightly

afraid or
nervous.  It would have escalated the
situation.  People mirror your emotions I noticed

that while
giving tours and speeches.  If you are
upset, they are upset, If you are calm happy,

they are calm and
happy.  

 

  I then catch the last part he's saying,
"I will now
decide which of the options I will

send you on."   I reply sweetly with a nod, "Ok." 
More policemen showed up around 8

of them now.  They then talked amongst
themselves for a long time in their own language.  

They all first looked at the bow, all sternly.
  Then when they turned to look at the culprit,

deadly criminal, sitting there all innocently.
  Some of their stern expressions broke and

some even smiled!  They talked some more
and one of the Hong Kong airport custom

workers who was a young Asian man about
my age and was also filling out my papers

of "being legal."   He leans over to me and says
"Don't be nervous, it's going to be alright."  

 

 The first policeman who was first interrogating
me approaches me again and says. 

"You know what?  I am not legally supposed
to do this, but  I've decided I want to
let you go on you way.  You can even have


your bow but it wont make it any farther
then here.  If you still would like it, you have

two weeks to come back to Hong Kong and
mail it to yourself in a package.  

Have a nice day."  I stood up and bowed the
traditional Asian way in thanks and got to my
next flight just in the nick of time!

 



The Wandering Woods Book! by Wood-Splitter-Lee

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"The Wandering Woods!"

Is my next fantasy sculpture
based
illustration book
project I have been working on with
collaborator Johnny Fraser-Allen at "Weta Workshop".

Here is the new Facebook page for
"The Wandering Woods"
with some exciting sneak peaks
of what we are up to! Get on board

to follow our show in Korea where
we will be producing all sorts
of
merchandise and helping raise
money for the young victims
of the
Korean Ferry tragedy.
www.facebook.com/thewanderingw… 


My Korea Travles! by Wood-Splitter-Lee



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as one of a kind
originals.

 

There are thousands upon thousands of wonderful 
messages from all of you that I have been reading
through daily!  I am humbled and greatly appreciate
your kind wonderful comments and
support.  I'm so
happy you enjoy the creatures and take the time to post
on my page!  Unfortunately I cannot possibly
answer
so many responses but want to thank all of you for
all of the kind
words.  Just know that I try to read
every
single one of them. To see so many of you
that enjoy my
work makes my heart soar! :tighthug:



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J-Pop Summit and Comic Con! :D

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 17, 2014, 4:14 PM





It's been a crazy busy summer with conventions and working on the Axent Wear headphones! I barely have time to work on anything else right now Q_Q

But anyway, I'll be at the J-Pop Summit in San Francisco's Japan Town this weekend 7/19-7/20th :D You can find me in the Kinokunia mall, on the 2nd floor near the elevators with books, prints, and more!
Come by and hang out! www.j-pop.com/2014/

I'm also honored to be part of deviantART's annual panels at San Diego Comic Con this year :) I look forward to seeing everyone again!



In the mean time, I've been working hard on making the 2nd prototype for the headphones. We are eager to release the Kickstarter as soon as possible. Once the headphones are on their way to production, I'll finally have time to finish the next Fisheye Placebo strip. I'm about half way done with the strip, though headphones have been keeping me very busy orz. But here's a preview of the next part!

Thanks for the support!














DeviantART Presents Artists’ Alley


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The heavy metal enchanted trace leukocytes (midichlorians) that course through the systems of all deviants are coming to life as internal compasses begin to all bend all time and space in one direction, to one set of co-ordinates, to one ultimate destination:






San Diego Comic-Con
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It’s that time of year again. Pass your Voight-Kampff test, grab your OTP and patch up your sunken ships. COMIC-CON 2014 is nigh.




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Blade Runnerby chrisfkn


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It’s time for the caravans to organize the clans in their multitudes and for the outlier lone wolves to pack provisions. It’s time for the cosplayers to retrieve their Wookie suits and Pegasister Wings from the cleaners and for true fans to organize their maps and plans for ultimate zeitgeist intake. And it’s time for the heart and soul of Comic-Con, the artists and writers themselves to gather their wares and wonders and set their sights on pieces of prime real estate in Artists’ Alley, the Mecca of Comic-Con’s holy and unholy sojourners.


It’s time for you to make a decision.


The Universe requests your spiritual presence in a communal elevation of the global pop arts movement.  You can do your part in making the human connections that make the world a better place.


Or you can spend some me-time in the inflatable backyard swimming pool.


What would Cthulhu do?









Also, join us for a deviantMEET!





Location:


801 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101




Date & Time:


Wednesday, July 23rd at 10:00 PM PST




Admission:


FREE, no one under 21 permitted




What to Bring:


ID card, phones/tablets, sketchbooks, cameras










deviantART Panels














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ThursdayJuly





Wolverine in Actionby aamir-art




Comic-Con How-To: Introducing Maya 3 3D modeling software with Fella


3:30-4:30|Room 2 Upper Level

Come see an introduction to Maya 3—a 3D modeling software used for games, film, and so on—presented by an Autodesk University instructor. At this session, a copy of Maya 3 will be given away randomly to an audience member by deviantART’s Fella! Come and get it and come and get educated!














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ThursdayJuly





Injustice: Gods Among Usby MadefireStudios




Comic-Con How-To: Break into Digital Comics using the Motion Book Tool


6:00-7:00|Room 2 Upper Level

From Batman to My Little Pony, Madefire and deviantART have revolutionized the comic book online. Learn how to publish your comic to deviantART in less than 5 minutes using Madefire's unique cloud-based Tool!














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FridayJuly




Comic-Con How-To: Building your Fan Following with Superstars of deviantART


6:00-7:00|Room 2 Upper Level

Host Angelo Sotira—deviantART’s co-founder—interviews some of the community’s leading members to get guidance on building your audience and your rep, as well as tips for expanding your experience as an artist.


Hear Stanley Lau (Artgerm), Wenqing Yan (yuumei), Anna Podedworna (akreon) & Kate Redesiuk (vesner), Stjepan Sejic (nebezial), and other mystery guests.


Ron Martino—editor in chief of depthRADIUS, deviantART’s editorial arm—will join Angelo.














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SaturdayJuly





Samus Tributeby Wen-JR




Comic-Con How-To: Fans, Love, and the Law with deviantART and Organization For Transformative Works


3:30-4:30|Room 2 Upper Level

Fan art, fanfic, and fan video are delightful passions and like all such things, if they go too far, someone might get angry. deviantART and the Organization for Transformative Works, together holding the largest collection of fanworks in the universe based on any intellectual property within any media, will bring out their lawyers to explain how you can go to sleep at night, dream the dream of fans, and never have to hide under the bed. “Lawyer Up” with Betsy Rosenblatt and Heidi Tandy from OTW and Josh Wattles (makepictures) our own Advisor in Chief.














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SundayJuly





Sherlock is back!by Feyjane




Comic-Con How-To: We the Fandom with Kay Purcell (damphyr) and Aun-Juli Riddle (aunjuli)


12:30–1:30|Room 2 Upper Level

Let’s discuss relationships and fandom. Bring your OTPs, gather your Armada, and cross over into an expert presentation by two deviantART masters as they help you navigate more ships than have ever crossed the worlds of fandom at one time and in one place on a lovely romantic cruise.









See You In San Diego!








Pixel raffle

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 24, 2014, 7:03 AM
Time for the monthly pixel raffle :iconlazydanceplz:

Bullet; Pink HOW TO JOINBullet; Pink

Just fave this journal:) (Smile)

there will be 2 winners  and winners
get a pixel avatar of there choice

raffle will end in 2 days
goodluck
 :iconhappyhappyplz:


  • Mood: Joy
  • Reading: Tokyo ghoul
  • Watching: tokyo ghoul, free!

The most amazing thing happened today!

Mon Jul 21, 2014, 12:36 PM


This morning, a guy rand my doorbell and i thought that was a little weird because i wasn't expecting anyone. He said he has a delivery for me with 2 tubes from deviantART. I was really surprised because i didn't remember giving my address (it was such a long time ago that i did probably) or didn't remember ordering anything and only until i opened them did i realize they were print gifts from my wishlist! But i have no idea who sent them :icontearyguyplz: They were both prints of this artwork Bless the girl by jurithedreamer
and i am not sure if there were too separate people who sent them (they appear to have been sent at different times) or one person. BUT WHOEVER YOU ARE THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU WONDERFUL PERSON!
The prints are amazing looking! Kudos to deviantART because the quality of the print is astonishing :la: the prints are on material not paper and that not only makes them more durable but it also has a very neat oil painting feel to it. :love:
This just made my week! I will put both of them in frames :love:
But i want to know who are the people who gave me these gifts! I want to give you a virtual hug :iconglompplz:




Totoro Journal Skin by starrily
HETALIANS! LOOK! SPARKLEY NEW SEASON FIVE!!!!!!!
I did this for you guys :iconcryingfemamericaplz::iconpoutiefemamericaplz:
NO BASHING

:star: No Ep1 because it is not avaible in some countries :(


:star: Gakuen Hetalia : Go Forth! Newspaper Club!! First Half

:star: Go Forth! Newspaper Club!! Second Half

:star: Russia and Friends

:star:  Though I May Depart, You Shall Remain

:star: Romano's Diary

:star: Things That Often Happen When Rooming With An American

:star: The Gentle FIght Between Russia And I

@ Netherland

:star: Turkey & I

:star: April Fools

:star: Merry Halloween

:star: Finding Santa

:star: Brother, We Are...!!

:star:bientôt! Until We Meet Again!

:star: What Italy Forgot

:star: Hetalia of the Dead part 1

Did America just make a Paranormal Activity Ref? :D
:star: Hetalia of the Dead part 2

:star: Keep On Moving!! March Forward, Sealand!

:star: It’s the First Anniversary! The Tripartite Pact



:star: Buon San Valentino part 1

:star: Buon San Valentino part 2


:star: Liechtenstein and the Hedgehog Country



:star:NEW:star: Centennial Gift



:iconhappyfemamericaplz:I was Overwhelmed by Heroines!

(I sound like Fem!America :'3)
'I'm the heroine! Don't do drugs kids!'

:star: BLOOPERS :star:
  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: Hetalia
  • Watching: Hetalia